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Supermarket hydrangeas

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By anget

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Over the last couple of years we have amassed a bit of a collection of hydrangeas from supermarkets. Here are a few coming into flower.

They very rarely have names but are a bargain at £3-£4 each.
We bought a dark-stemmed variety from a GC last year. The OH loved it but I was a bit dubious as it only had 2 miserable stems. However, we succumbed and parted with much more money than we usually do for them (!) and it was placed in a pot with good compost and I have nurtured it with love and attention over the last 9 months. This is it now:
‘Hydrangea ’Zorro’. It looks to have plenty of florets.

They are all grouped beneath our dining room window, in the only really shady area of the garden.

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Nice collection. Is that a lace cap in pic #2? I've rescued a few from my church which were discarded after the Easter Mass. I was assured they would never bloom again because they were raised in a greenhouse and pumped up with hormones. They're blooming again and I don't use hormones. I got some great looking Easter Lilies too.

30 Jun, 2020

 

It seems if they are given a little bit of care and attention they will respond very well, however maltreated they have been. And they're very easy to refresh from cuttings if the parent plant is too far gone. I think their problem is that they are quite often 'left to get on with it' in dusty corners and completely neglected. Yours sound as if they are thriving on a proper diet! I hope the lilies do well for you. I've pretty much decided to give up with them in this garden because of the revolting lily beetles.
Yes, the second one is a lacecap.

30 Jun, 2020

 

Thanks

30 Jun, 2020

 

Very envious, Ang..I have none here.Just the right place for them under the window.

30 Jun, 2020

 

Is that 'cos you don't like them M'land? I didn't really notice them until recently but I bought 'Little Lime' which is a gem - flowers green fading to pink - and I was smitten. I think we're stuck with that Victorian shrubbery dusty image. The paniculatas are gorgeous.

30 Jun, 2020

 

No,I do like them....but have never looked at them closely enough.The same with Gladioli.....coming from Cornwall they grow so abundantly there.

30 Jun, 2020

 

a well placed hydrangea is a sight to behold. I have a few and one that cost 50p as it was a couple of twigs in a pot. A member of casualty corner in a local gc. it is a happy thriving shrub now called red disc. a good rich pink.

1 Jul, 2020

 

Yes, SBG, they do respond well to a little bit of TLC.

1 Jul, 2020

 

Lovely purchases, Anget! Very healthy looking hydrangeas.
I have to agree, I’m finding ( especially the past few months ) lots of bargains at the supermarkets..not that I’ve been buying up the stock!!!
Plus, I think the quality has been pretty good.

1 Jul, 2020

 

And all of us love a bargain, don't we, Kate, when they repay our £4 so well! I think your new one looks good.

1 Jul, 2020

 

We sure do, Anget! Thanks for liking.

1 Jul, 2020

 

I really love these shrubs, would buy more if we had the room....they do look lovely under your window.....

1 Jul, 2020

 

I'd buy more too, DD, but the bay is only so big...

2 Jul, 2020

 

They are very pretty. I always admire them in other gardens but I have never had any success with them myself, except for one H peteolaris (which died when I moved it)
Your dark stem one is very attractive :)
I like the blue ones and our next door neighbour has lots of them in pots. Maybe I should try one in a pot …

2 Jul, 2020

 

Yes, do, Hywel. I have some in the garden but the potted ones have done really well in a short time. I'm not sure how they'll be after a few years, though. Bigger and bigger pots, I expect!
I've tried to keep some blue in ericaceous compost but this year most of them have reverted to bluey-pink, even so..

2 Jul, 2020

 

Got two hydrangeas in the garden, am afraid I feel the same way about them as I do about roses,not really my favourite plants, but they are in full flower at the mo and got to admit they are looking really nice, it’s just the mess they make when they have finished flowering

3 Jul, 2020

 

I'm not as keen on the mopheads as I am on the lacecaps which I think are more dainty, Davey. Anyway, it's good we don't all like the same thing as our gardens would be indistinguishable.
I know what you mean about roses. I have a few but regularly fall out of love with them and seem to remove some every year. Their diseases get on my nerves! They seem to need constant attention to keep them looking good.

4 Jul, 2020

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